Leicester City 1:1 Swansea City
A strong first half performance from City wasn’t enough to claim the points as Swansea took their chance for a 1-1 draw at the KPS on Saturday.
The talk in the media, the pubs and the stands before the game was all about Riyad Mahrez , who continued to be AWOL following his transfer deadline day disappointment.
Claude Puel made five changes to the side that lost at Everton, with Silva, Diabate, Fuchs, Simpson and Iheanacho brought into the starting XI.
Diabate soon made his mark, but it was on Clucas’s ankle in a clumsy challenge and the youngster was booked.
City dominated the early stages of the game, pressing hard on Swansea and forcing them into errors, and they broke through in the 17th minute. Some lovely footwork by Iheanacho saw him beat two defenders on the edge of the area, slipping the ball through for Vardy to slot past Fabianski for his 12th goal of the season.
Three minutes later Swansea’s first meaningful attack of the game saw Sung-Yeung set up Dyer, but Ndidi nipped in with a fine tackle as he shaped to shoot.
Albrighton then shot from distance, but didn’t test Fabianski.
City cranked up the pressure and fine run down the left by Diabete saw him sting Fabinski’s palms with a shot. Iheanacho’s fierce follow-up shot then struck Mawson on the shoulder.
Moments later, Ndidi surged into the area and netted past Fabianski, but the ref consulted with the linesman before disallowing the goal for an offside much earlier in the move.
The 36th minute saw a long delay when Fer appeared to catch his studs in the turf and he had to be stretchered off with a serious looking injury.
Swansea had a little more possession towards the break, but still offered nothing up front and City’s 1-0 lead at half-time really should have been bigger.
With the home crowd expecting to see City finish the job, they never really got started.
And Swansea equalised in the 53rd minute, with their only on-target effort of the game.
Sung-Yeung’s fine corner kick found Fernandez, who somehow found some space in a crowded area to nod home from 6 yards.
City’s miserable record of defending set-pieces continued.
Swansea were enjoying more possession at this stage, but City went close on the break in the 63rd minute. Diabate fed Vardy down the right and then raced forward to get on the end of his cross, but his low shot went inches wide of the left hand post.
Claude Puel made two changes in the 68th minute, bringing Gray and James on for Silva and Iheanacho.
Gray soon had a chance from a Fuchs cross but sent an acrobatic effort way over the bar.
After a clash of heads with Bony, Maguire swiftly got to his feet and had a chance in the 76th minute. Albrighton’s cross found Maguire at the far post but his header under pressure found the side-netting.
Okazaki came on for Simpson in a more attacking line-up and City put the Swans under relentless pressure with a long series of corners and Fuchs long-throws into the box.
But the Swansea defence stood firm and dealt with everything that was thrown at them.
The thought that we needed a special player with the skill to unlock a solid defence was hard to avoid.
Swansea managed to run the clock down and City had to make do with a point on a hugely frustrating afternoon.
Claude Puel was getting tired of questions about Riyad Mahrez: “Today it is just after the game and Riyad is not my pre-occupation. My pre-occupation is about my players who are available. We wanted to keep this positive attitude and continue this good work and keep the focus on the pitch and quality also.
It is a big frustration. I think first well done to this team because they defended very well. They had just one chance in the game and I think we played very well in the first half. We created a lot of chances. We created of chances with quality and good combinations, a good understanding. It was amazing but without the final the clinical edge.”
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson (Okazaki 80), Dragovic, Maguire, Fuchs, Diabaté, Ndidi, Silva (James 68), Albrighton, Iheanacho (Gray 68), Vardy.
Substitutes: Chilwell, Hamer, Iborra, Benalouane.
Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, van der Hoorn, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Fer, (Carroll 36), Ki Sung-yueng, Clucas, Dyer (Bony 71), J Ayew (Routledge 90).
Substitutes: Abraham, Narsingh, Nordfeldt, Bartley.
Referee: A Taylor. Attendance: 31,179.
PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.
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